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Old 01-08-2008, 01:40   #61
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We are Pregnant!!! In India on board!!!
SY Alondra will welcome it's new crew on around the 21st of feb 2009!
tips are welcome....
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Old 01-08-2008, 08:50   #62
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Congratulations!
We became pregnant many moons ago in Goa, just up the coast from Cochin. What a blast! We ended up going up the Red Sea and had the baby in Malta in the Med.

-I think the best thing I did was find a good book that explained what was happening to my body, and explained the child's development as well. These days the internet has these answers, if you have the access.
-Cloth diapers are better, we just dragged them behind the boat while underway.
-Continue sailing to your destination.Don't sit waiting for the child's arrival. Education of a Falcon, by a great and smart guy, oh yes, he is my husband, Mike Riley, will enlighten you and give you ideas about raising kids an board.
-Let the child become part of your life , not the other way around. Because you are already used to watch keeping, feeding and caring for your child will be second nature, those 4am feedings aren't a pain at all for us sailors.
-Every country in the world has doctors, and being pregnant is better than looking for a brain specialist.
-India is great as all the doctors speak english unlike Greece! Even up the Red Sea I found english speaking doctors.
-Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, fresh fish, if you can, and walk, walk , walk. That will keep the pounds off. Swimming helps too!
For a book load of more tips and a great true story visit :
education.of.a.falcon - **** ** Education of a Falcon var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://s

Enjoy the experience.
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Old 01-08-2008, 09:49   #63
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Thanks!

Actually.... the baby was a Goa production.. haha!

Thanks!

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Old 02-08-2008, 07:17   #64
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Hi Edith,
What is it about Goa? Is it the beautiful beaches, the cheap food or the rum? We have other friends who became pregnant there. Or else there is nothing else to do?

Naw! We got pregnant after winning a dance contest at the 5 star Citadad de Goa!

By the by, loved your web site. Did I tell you that Mike's web site has some free chapters? Yeah!!!

Remember, walk!

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Old 02-08-2008, 07:32   #65
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Hi there and.. uh... thanks again? what about these free chapters? Shall we writen something..?? Anyway. must have been the fact that there was not much to do but we had a great time and certainly now Cochin is great! Just wondering what we shall do.. go on to Thailand at the end of this year or.... stay... Mmm... difficult! And yes... I walk, walk, walk!
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Old 18-08-2008, 18:29   #66
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Hi Edith,
congratulations! My biggest tips are breastfeed your baby, sleep with your baby, and get a sling or mei tei style baby carrier to be easy, hands free, happy baby 24/7.
Babies don't need gadgets and tons of toys. Just 2 milky boobies, some loving adults, and the great outdoors!

Best to you!
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:30   #67
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As far as diapers and babies, Everything I've read so far says to prevent diaper rash allow for several hours a day of diaper free activity on deck. The air dry activity seems to prevent diaper rash from occuring... not tested yet personally. I understand that in several places in the world kids are potty trained at 6 months more out of economic and cold weather necessity than anything else. I'll be planning to potty train before we get on the boat so diapers are not a necessity item.

The last articale of practical sailor (october 2006) had a section on life vest for very young kids <30lbs.... Any practical experience with kids and vests out there?

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Hi, do you have any Infos about how to potty train your kid?

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Potty training on board went just about the same way as potty training on land would go. If your head is too high for your little swabbie to reach, put a little step in and get a toilet seat insert to clip on to your seat so they don't fall in. We still tell DS to leave the flushing to us, just to make sure he doesn't bugger up the head. I don't think he potty trained any slower or faster or differently than his land lubber friends. I sure am happy it's done now though!

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Thanks for the answer, my real big question is how do you potty train at 6 months age where the baby can't walk.

Does anybody have Infos how this could be done.

Maybe the Eskimos have a technique?

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Do a google search on the term "elimination communication" and you will find a wealth of info on infant potty learning. In fact there is a whole support group here...
Elimination Communication - MotheringDotCommune Forums

I have many friends who have successfully done this. It just requires A LOT of dedication on the part of the parents. Best of luck!

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Hi everyone,

This thread has been great for us.....and we havn't read it all yet. We are expecting our first child come mid-April.....we currently live-aboard and have now for the last almost 3 years....no doubt at this point that our son will be coming home to his home... a 37 foot sailboat....but for awhile my wife and I struggled with the whole idea of it....now we are excited and getting better at dealing with everyone that thinks where nuts!! Including the family...wheee. Many things to learn and adjust to but all of you who have been there and are out there doing it now are very helpful and encouraging....thanks!! We will keep you posted as we go....

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Old 06-02-2009, 21:48   #72
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Thanks!

Here in Phuket we are almost ready for the little new 'crew'!! Coming from India it has been a thrill to come to Phuket where everything is beautiful and very well arranged. We have an appartment now for the moment and the past month we have been working on the Alondra to get her ready after a rough ride from Cochin to Phuket.
The baby is due any moment now and we will await the little new sailor girl with a lot of love and pleasure! Looking forward to welcome her on board!!
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Hi all parents on board,
How I envy all your coming successes and traumas! Really! Later you will remember these days with great fondness. Want proof?
Check out my book on Educating my son on board from birth to college during a double circumnavigation.

http://sailingbooks.googlepages.com

http://education.of.a.falcon.googlepages.com

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Old 07-02-2009, 17:02   #74
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Congrads on the new Child Alondra

We just found out we are expecting our second later this September! Oh Well, there goes cruising for the month of October in the Bay!

I can tell you that so far the best thing we've found was a diaper genie here in the US to keep the smell to zero. We looked into elimination training, and what it really winds up being is parent training. Folks learn when their child has to pee or poop and arranges to be near a head so a diaper isn't AS necessary. I can say that so far my daughter has proved to be most entertaining when we are sailing just because of the proximity of nature and parents at the same time.

we have time before we leave so the next two years or so will allow for more upgrades and saving more cash for our kitty before we leave.

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Any other ideas regarding diapers?
After washing them clean by towing, wring them out really well and hang them reasonably high in the rigging. The flapping tends to drive out much of the salt crystals. A quick rinse with fresh water takes the rest out. If you are set up most of the time they can go without. Easier to wash a bit of deck or trampoline than a nappy. Another way round this is to use biodegradeable nappyliners and have a compost toilet. You then only have to rinse out a bit of urine. To make it easy on the washing of the babies, avoid soap and keep them waterproofed with olive oil and the crap simply rinses off. No nappy rash with 5 kids using this method.
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